Someone is about to die… Someone is about to lie…
At the intimate house-warming party for her glorious ‘grand design’, Kathleen confides in her best friend Beth that she is terrified of one of their close friends, but daren’t reveal which one. The guests are a tight-knit group, but Kathleen is convinced one of them is dangerous.
The next day Kathleen’s body is found at the foot of a cliff and Beth must face the sickening truth that she may have been killed by one of their trusted friends. With little help from the police, Beth’s decides to seek answers.
All the friends have secrets they are desperate to hide, but only one of them is ready to kill to keep theirs safe…
The House Party is set on the Isle of Wight – insular,claustrophobic, and with nowhere to run. Mary Grand has written a heart-stopping novel of secrets, betrayal and desire, perfect for fans of Louise Candlish and Lucy Foley.
The cover is what made me want to read The House Party initially. I’m really happy that I took the chance, because this thriller is engaging.
My first read from Mary Grand, and it certainly won’t be my last. I think one of her strong points as an author is creating developed characters. There are quite a few characters, and the author did a great job keeping each person separate from each other and making sure it isn’t confusing.
The atmosphere of this novel is very claustrophobic. The plot creates this tension that is hard to escape. That’s what made this novel work so well, in my opinion. It was difficult to put down.
Overall, I enjoyed The House Party. I recommend giving it a shot!
*I received a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Mary Grand is the author of five novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her new novel, The House Party, which will be published by Boldwood in July 2020, is set.
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